You deserve a break, and luckily Labor Day is right around the corner. Here are some of our top picks for Labor Day activities in Chicago, including the weekend before!
Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago’s oldest free lakefront music festivals happens to fall on Labor Day weekend. The 38th year of this festival kicks off with an afternoon full of live performances, all at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Visit Chicago’s Grant Park to take part in expressive art forms practiced around the world. There are free dance lessons and different live bands all on an outdoor dance floor, all summer long!
North Coast Music Festival
You’ll need a full weekend to make the most out of (and recover from) this music festival. Experience an eclectic mix of bands from various genres in Union Park. Headliners include Odesza, Bassnectar and Zedd.
African Festival of the Arts
Watch as Washington Park is transformed into a lively bazaar, complete with handcrafted artwork, vibrant musical performances, authentic cuisine and so much more. Activities are family fun and kid friendly!
Taste of Polonia
Celebrate all things Polish in Jefferson Park. Chicago has a huge Polish community!
Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
If you haven’t yet been to Navy Pier, their spectacular fireworks are a pretty good excuse to make your way through the tourist traffic.
Great American Lobster Fest
Another reason to check out Navy Pier, even if you’re a Chicago local? Their seafood feast set right on the waterfront. Yum!
Black Harvest Film Festival
September 1 (begins Aug. 5)
The Black Harvest Film Festival celebrates the stories of the black experience. Take in dozens of films at Gene Siskel Film Center during this event.
September 1 – 4 (begins Aug. 30)
Have you seen Kinky Boots yet? It’s based on a true story about a shoe factory owner and a drag queen. This Broadway musical’s joyful score was created by Cyndi Lauper.
August 29 – September 29
Do you love old-school magic shows? Check out Chicago Magic Lounge with close-up magic, bar magic, table-hopping magicians, and main stage acts. It all takes place at the at beautiful Uptown Underground venue.
Summer WingFest –
What could be a better way to spend Labor Day in Chicago than by binging on chicken wings? The Summer WingFest offers unlimited restaurant wings, live music, outdoor games, a vendor market, craft beer, and more!
Take in some art, history, and culture with various Chicago museum exhibits during Labor Day in Chicago:
Amphibians and Stingray Touch – Shedd Aquarium
Brick by Brick – Museum of Science and Industry
China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors – The Field Museum
Lincoln’s Undying Words – Chicago History Museum
Zoom Room – Chicago Children’s Museum
Whether you want to take in some culture at the museum or binge eat delicious fatty foods, you won’t be bored this Labor Day. Make the most of your extra day off with these Labor Day activities in Chicago. Where will you be on your day off?